Attitudes to media regulation

Oct 8, 2012

Q. The Government is planning to propose new rules about how we regulate the ownership of media in Australia (that is, print, TV, radio and online media).  Which of the following statements is closer to your view on media ownership?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Government should remove restrictions on ownership and let market forces determine who owns print, TV, radio and online media.

11%

7%

18%

7%

The Government should take greater steps to limit ownership that big media companies currently have over mainstream media (e.g. News Ltd).

34%

46%

21%

63%

The present regulations, which prevent companies owning print, TV and radio in the same market, are about right.

29%

27%

37%

20%

No opinion

26%

21%

25%

11%

The largest portion of respondents believe that the ‘Government should take greater steps to limit ownership that big media companies currently have over mainstream media’ (34%), followed by those respondents that believe that the ‘present regulations, which prevent companies owning print, TV and radio in the same market, are about right’ (29%).

Only 11% of respondents favour ‘removing restrictions on ownership and let[ting] market forces determine who owns print, TV, radio and online media’.

Greens voters are the most likely to favour greater regulation of ownership (63%), followed by Labor voters (46%).

Coalition voters are the most likely to favour the status quo (37%).

Government Control of Media ownership

Feb 13, 2012

Q. Do you think the Government should have more or less control of media ownership in Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens NSW Victoria
Should have more control 24% 29% 17% 38% 28% 22%
Should have less control 24% 17% 30% 30% 23% 29%
Has about the right control now 34% 38% 38% 18% 34% 34%
Don’t know 18% 16% 15% 14% 16% 16%

Respondents were evenly divided over whether the Government should have more or less control of media ownership in Australia. 24% think they should have more control and 24% think they should have less – and 34% think they have about the right control.

Greens voters (38%) and Labor voters (29%) are more likely to think the Government should have more control and 30% of Liberal/National voters think they should have less control.

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Concern about Phone Hacking

Jul 25, 2011

Q. Have the recent events in Britain concerning phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper, made you more or less concerned about the conduct of Australian newspapers?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total more concerned 51% 56% 48% 68%
Total less concerned 5% 5% 4% 3%
Much more concerned 15% 19% 11% 26%
A little more concerned 36% 37% 37% 42%
A little less concerned 4% 4% 4% 3%
Much less concerned 1% 1% >1%
Makes no difference 38% 33% 44% 26%
Don’t know 6% 6%

Just over half (51%) of respondents are more concerned about the conduct of Australian newspapers following the recent events in Britain. 5% are less concerned, 38% say it makes no difference and 6% stated don’t know.

Green voters were more likely to state that they were more concerned (68%). Labor voters (56%) were more likely than Liberal voters (48%) to state that they were more concerned.

There was no substantial difference between the genders, states or age groups.

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Media Ownership in Australia

Jul 25, 2011

Q. Rupert Murdoch owns most of Australia’s metropolitan newspapers including the Australian, Herald Sun, the Telegraph and the Courier Mail. Should the Government allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers?

Total

1 Nov 10

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should allow 15% 9% 8% 13% 4%
Should not allow 50% 58% 60% 53% 76%
Don’t care 26% 23% 22% 26% 12%
Don’t know 9% 10% 11% 8% 8%

58% of respondents stated that the Government should not allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers. This is an increase on the 50% who stated the same thing in November 2010.

Just 9% of respondents think that the Government should allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers (a drop for the 15% who said the same thing in November 2010.

Green voters (76%) were the most likely to state that the Government should not allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers, followed by Labor (60%) and Lib/Nat voters (53%).

Females (62%) were more likely than males (54%) to select ‘should not allow’.

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Media Ownership – James Packer

Nov 1, 2010

Q. James Packer recently bought a major shareholding in Channel 10. Should James Packer be allowed to become a major shareholder in Channel 10 while he is also a major shareholder in Foxtel?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should be allowed 28% 27% 36% 18%
Should not be allowed 24% 27% 21% 29%
Don’t care 38% 36% 36% 46%
Don’t know 10% 10% 7% 7%

 Nearly half either don’t care or don’t know whether James Packer should be allowed to become a majority shareholder in Channel 10. Of those with an opinion, views are split 28% should be allowed and 24% should not. 36% of those on low incomes (under $600pw) think he should not be allowed. Comments »

Media Ownership – Rupert Murdoch

Nov 1, 2010

Q. Rupert Murdoch owns most of Australia’s metropolitan newspapers including the Australian, Herald Sun, the Telegraph and the Courier Mail. Should the Government allow one company to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should allow 15% 13% 20% 12%
Should not allow 50% 56% 47% 56%
Don’t care 26% 24% 25% 26%
Don’t know 9% 8% 8% 6%

 50% think Rupert Murdoch should not be allowed to own the majority of Australia’s major newspapers and only 15% think he should be allowed. Those most strongly opposed were aged 55+ (61%) and people earning over $1,600pw (55%). Comments »

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